GEDB The Global Food Crisis: Contributing Factors - What Has Caused This Crisis? (Lesson 4 of 5)
Students will continue their research using nonfiction text, videos, and infographics to identifying the contributing factors to the global food crisis. Students will document their findings and effectively communicate to share their information with others. This lesson was developed by Emily Waddington as part of their completion of the North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge program. This lesson plan has been vetted at the local and state level for standards alignment, Global Education focus, and content accuracy.
Students will continue their research using nonfiction text, videos, and infographics to identifying the contributing factors to the global food crisis. Students will document their findings and effectively communicate to share their information with others.
Learning Targets and Criteria for Success
Learning Targets/Criteria for Success:
-I can work collaboratively to research a contributing factor of the Global Food Crisis and cite text evidence to support my findings.
-I can work collaboratively to determine the central ideas of a nonfiction text, video, and/or infographic.
-I can present information found through my research clearly and effectively to my peers through an oral presentation.
-I can produce clear and coherent writing that demonstrates the analysis of my research.
Criteria for Success:
-I will brainstorm causes of the Global Food Crisis and post my thoughts on Edmodo.
-I will research one of the contributing factors of the Global Food Crisis using nonfiction text, video, and/or infographic.
-I will work collaboratively to create a 3-2-1 to represent my research.
-I will present my 3-2-1 research to a small group.
-Laptops/technology for students
-Chart paper/chart markers
-3-2-1 Strategy Chart for students
Explanation of Resources/Strategies:
-Edmodo: Edmodo is an online networking tool for teachers and students. It provides some of the same tools as social networking but provides a safe environment appropriate for students.
-Anchor Chart: An anchor chart outlines or describes procedures, processes, and strategies on a particular theme or topic and is posted in the classroom for reference by students.
-3-2-1 Strategy: Use the 3-2-1 strategy any time during a lesson to encourage students to think about their learning. Video explanation and detailed information found here: http://www.theteachertoolkit.com/index.php/tool/3-2-1
Foundation, Thomson Reuters. "What Creates Food Crises? - BRI." Thomson Reuters Foundation
News. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2017. <http://news.trust.org//spotlight/what-creates
Learning Tasks and Practice
-Set-up an Edmodo account or other brainstorming tool for students.
-Preview articles, videos, and infographics to ensure resources are appropriate for students.
-Group students into partnerships.
Say to students: “Over the past few days, we have identified and defined the global food crisis. We have read articles that provide evidence that address the global food crisis while creating questions that will guide our research. We have participated in a mock hunger banquet as to gain different perspectives on the global food crisis. Today, we will explore some of the contributing factors to the issue.”
Say to students: “Today we will continue to learn about the global food crisis by exploring and discovering the causes of the crisis. We know the ‘what’ and ‘who’ of the issue, and now we will take time to explore the ‘why’.”
Say to students: “Brainstorm what you believe to be the contributing factors to the global food crisis. We’ve learned some staggering statistics and you’ve asked some difficult questions regarding the issue. What do you believe to be the cause(s) of the crisis? Take a few minutes to brainstorm in your notebook. Once you’ve done some thinking, share your thoughts on Edmodo. Post one response to the Edmodo blog question posted.”
After students have time to brainstorm and post their response to Edmodo, make a class anchor chart titled, “Contributing Factors to the Global Food Crisis.” Display the Edmodo post for students to see and discuss the reoccurring ideas.
If Edmodo is not an option, this activity can be done via a group brainstorming activity. Have students share possible answers to the question, “What do you believe to be the causes of the crisis?” As students respond, write answers on anchor chart for the class to see.
Contributing Factors may include but are not limited to: poverty, natural disaster, war and conflict, global food prices, disease, complex emergencies ("What Creates Food Crises? – BRI”).
Students will be paired with another student in the class and will be responsible for researching one contributing factor of the global food crisis. Students will research one of the following factors: poverty, natural disaster, global food prices, and war and conflict. Partners can split up the resources however they choose. The resources to choose from include two articles, one video, and an infographic. After students have used the resources to learn more about a contributing cause to the food crisis, partners will work together to create a 3-2-1.
3-2-1: Three things you learned, two ways the topic/information is important, and one burning question or one sentence to summarize the topic
3-2-1 Strategy Chart: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson951/strategy.pdf
3-2-1 Strategy Rubric for grading: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson951/rubric.pdf
Students can display their 3-2-1 pyramid information using construction paper or chart paper. If preferred, students can write their information in the 3-2-1 strategy chart linked above. After research and the 3-2-1 is complete, students will present their findings to one other group.
-Article 1: http://www.thp.org/issues/poverty/
-Article 1: (link is no longer active; teacher will need to find a suitable alternative)
Global Food Prices:
-Article 1: http://www.wfp.org/aid-professionals/podcast/what-rising-food-prices-mean-fight-against-hunger (link is no longer active; teacher will need to find a suitable alternative)
-Article 2: https://southsudan.savethechildren.net/
War and Conflict:
Students share their 3-2-1 posters with a group who researched a different cause to the global food crisis.
After students present their 3-2-1 posters with a small group, lead a class discussion on all the causes of the crisis. Ensure that students have a basic understanding of each cause by informally taking notes of student responses during the whole class discussion.
Discuss with students which contributing factors surprised them and which causes they believe to hold the most impact on the crisis.
Use the 3-2-1 Assessment Rubric created by ReadWriteThink to assess student understanding of the information learned.
Students can create a google slides presentation or poster to demonstrate understanding of the causes of the global food crisis. Encourage students to use visuals and statistics that would engage an audience their age. This will require students to continue to research a specific cause of the crisis.
Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning
-Brainstorming tool. What do students already know?
-3-2-1 posters (score using rubric)